Cooking without Power

Thanks for joining the Prepared Bloggers as we work our way through 30 Days of Preparedness. September is National Preparedness Month so you will find everything you need to get your preparedness knowledge and skills into shape.


Take one post each day, learn as much as you can about the topic and make it a part of your preparedness plan.

I am going to share How to Cook without Power.

You will want back ups for your back ups when it comes to cooking in an emergency. Well, that is the case with any preps.

With these forms of cooking without power, make sure you have these supplies in your preps:

You can get these at the dollar store
Read how we waterproofed our own.

We have both the small bottles and large bbq size.

We wait until the end of summer and can sometimes find charcoal on clearance.
Costco’s price isn’t bad. We store them in the garage and haven’t had any problems.

We go up into the hills for our firewood. We also have 5 acres of wooded property so this won’t be an issue for us.

Now how to cook. These are my chosen methods.

We could use the top of the wood stove to make soup if we needed to.
This goes without saying, but if you are using wood, do it outside for obvious reasons.
You can make a small fire pit and camp in the backyard. This would be a good time to use that cast iron set you got on Amazon for around $60.

Your grill or a camp stove.
We don’t have a propane grill anymore, but we do have multiple camp stoves. We also have this dandy 3 burner Camp Chef stove. I canned pickles on it, outside, and it was wonderful! I see us using this a lot if we lose power for an extended period of time.

We use our charcoal grill often.
I love this handy gadget to help get the coals going. You can use a Volcano Stove with briquets as well.

Sun Oven is my go to for solar cooking.
Grey Wolf Survival is much better at teaching than I am. Go read his post on the Sun Oven. Are We Crazy or What shares how she cooked her corn on the cob and how she made Mexican Casserole.

This Pocket Rocket Stove was recommended by my oldest son. He uses it on his backpacking trips and when he is on fire. Portable and light, unlike everything else in this post. So, great for your BOB.

Have I missed anything? What would you add?

Day 1 – Ready, Set, Get Prepared! Welcome to 30 Days of Preparedness from PreparednessMama

Day 2 – The Family Meeting Place and Escape from Laughingbear Adventures

Day 3 – I’m Safe! How to Communicate with Family in an Emergency from PreparednessMama

Day 4 – Does Your Family Have a Fire Escape Plan? from Home Ready Home

Day 5 – Preparedness For Pets from The Busy B Homemaker

Day 6 – The Escape Exercise from Laughingbear Adventures

Day 7 – It all Falls Apart Without Mental Preparedness from PreparednessMama

Day 8 – It’s a Matter of Emergency Kits from A Matter of Preparedness

Day 9 – Nine Great Emergency Light Sources Other Than Flashlights from Food Storage & Survival

Day 10 - Cooking Without Power from Mama Kautz

Day 11 – The Importance of a Shelter & Staying Warm and Dry from Trayer Wilderness

Day 12 – The Importance of Having The Right Tools In Your Pack from Trayer Wilderness

Day 13 – Practice Living Without Electricity from Food Storage Made Easy

Day 14 – How We Choose The Right Gear – (including the MultiFlame Tool) from Trayer Wilderness

Day 15 – Water Storage & Purification from The Busy B Homemaker

Day 16 – Food and Water for a 72 Hour “Go Bag” from Homestead Dreamer

Day 17 – 8 Foods You Should Be Storing and How from Melissa K Norris

Day 18 – Planning Your Pantry from The Organic Prepper

Day 19 – Stocking Up on Non-Food Items from Living in Rural Iowa

Day 20 – Dutch Oven Cooking: Off-Grid Before Off-Grid Was Cool from The Backyard Pioneer

Day 21 – Preserving and Canning the Harvest from Timber Creek Farm

Day 22 – Personal Protection & Awareness from Living in Rural Iowa

Day 23 – KISS First Aid from Herbal Prepper

Day 24 – Mommy, I have to go Potty! from Mom With a Prep

Day 25 – Fire Starting 101: The Why and How of Lighting a Fire for Survival from Food Storage & Survival

Day 26 – How to Filter and Purify Water from Prepared Housewives

Day 27 – How To Make A Shelter from Trayer Wilderness

Day 28 – Put Your Preps to the Test with 24 Hours Unplugged from The Organic Prepper

Day 29 – What Is Char and Why You Should Have It To Start A Fire from Trayer Wilderness

Day 30 – How To Utilize Bushcraft Skills and Forage From The Wild from Trayer Wilderness